• Franklin Foil wins runoff for 16th district La. Senate seat

    BATON ROUGE -  Franklin Foil has been named the winner in the race for Louisiana's 16th district Senate seat.Foil, the incumbent, was declared winner over Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson with  percent of the vote in Saturday night's runoff election. Foil won decisively, taking in 58 percent of the vote.What was originally thought to be a three-candidate runoff after the initial vote was slimmed down to just two after an electronic recount last month. Permalink| Comme
  • 2 large yachts destroyed in predawn fire at Florida marina

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a huge fire has destroyed two large yachts in South Florida, sending flames skyward and leaving millions of dollars in losses.
     No injuries were reported in Saturday’s pre-dawn fire.
     Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told news outlets the fire started in one of the yachts and that winds caused it to spread to the other luxury vessel. He said one of the yachts was worth $8 million, while the other was estimate
  • Police responding to shooting near North Foster Drive, one with life-threatening injuries

    BATON ROUGE- Officials are responding to a shooting off North Foster Drive that left one person injured.The incident was reported around 4 p.m. Saturday at 5331 Underwood Avenue. Officials say one person was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.There are few details at the time.Permalink| Comments
  • Police responding to fatal shooting near North Foster Drive, identifies victim

    UPDATE - BRPD Detectives have identified the victim from the shooting Underwood Avenue as 20-year-old Denika Jacobs. Jacobs was found yesterday afternoon outside her residence suffering from a apparent gunshot wound. She succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital.There are no known suspects or motives at this time. ********BATON ROUGE- Officials are responding to a shooting off North Foster Drive that left one woman injured.The incident was reported around 4 p.m. Saturday a
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  • 5 dead in apparent murder-suicide in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Five members of a family, including three young boys, have died and another boy was hospitalized with injuries in an apparent murder-suicide in San Diego.  Lt. Matt Dobbs said officers responded to a report of arguing and what sounded like a nail gun being fired inside a house in the Paradise Hills neighborhood Saturday morning.  He said when officers arrived, they found a 3-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man dead inside.
  • Louisiana agrees to repay $13M in Medicaid claims settlement

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s health department has agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims for nursing home and hospice care.  U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced the settlement Wednesday. It involves claims submitted from 2010 through 2013, during former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.  Federal officials accused the Louisiana Department of Health of asking its
  • Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field after being dragged down by two Mississippi State defenders, a tackle that left him favoring his right leg and hip.Tagovailoa had surgery on a sprained right ankle almost five weeks after injuring it against Tennessee on Oct. 19. That kept him out of the second half against Tennessee and the entire Arkansas game the next week. After Alabama had a week off, Tagovailoa played last week against LSU.This
  • Man pleads not guilty after son brings drugs to school

    HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to drug charges after authorities said his 5-year-old son brought heroin to school and told his teacher that when he tastes the powder he becomes Spider-Man.  The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 29-year-old Benny Garcia, of Holyoke, was arraigned Friday in Holyoke District Court. He faces charges of drug possession and reckless endangerment of a child.  Prosecutors say Garcia’s so
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  • Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A new study says sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp.  The study’s lead author says it’s among the first to establish a solid link between the presence of invasive carp and a drop-off of native species.  It found that numbers of sport fish such as yellow perch and bluegill fell between 1994 and 2013 in three locations infested with silver car
  • 5 charged in high school football game shooting

     PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at a high school football game in New Jersey:  Five men have been charged in connection with a shooting at a high school football game in New Jersey that left three people wounded, including a 10-year-old boy who is in critical condition.  Atlantic County prosecutors said Saturday that a man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and weapons charges. The four other men also face wea
  • Voter turnout main focus in Governor's race

    BATON ROUGE - Over the last 34 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards and his republican challenger, Eddie Rispone have traded insults, but in the hours leading up to election day the two men met with voters around the state."Every single vote is important," Edwards said while campaigning in New Orleans. "We are working every voter in every parish regardless of party because we want to win this election."Rispone held one final rally in Baton Rouge Friday evening."I'm excited about the people," Rispone sai
  • Governor: Fishing industry hit with $258M in flooding losses

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The governor says the Louisiana fishing industry has been hit with $258 million in losses due to historic flooding this year.  In a news release Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted an economic impact analysis to determine the flooding impacts.  The analysis was submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help the state qualify for part of the fisheries
  • Tight governor's race main focus of Saturday elections

    BATON ROUGE - Parish workers set up hundreds of voting machines early Friday morning in Baton Rouge ahead of Saturday's runoff."We had heavy early voting turn out, and we expect that to continue," East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn said.Early voting this election cycle set all-time highs in the parish. Folks waited in long but fast-moving lines.More polling places will be open on election day."There could be some lines at some locations. We ask voters to be patient, " Raborn said
  • Local shops cashing in on LSU merch, especially #9 jerseys

    BATON ROUGE - The success of LSU's football team is carrying over to local stores that carry their purple and gold merchandise. With LSU touting an undefeated record after a huge win over Alabama, it's not surprising that fans are racing to get their gear. And even less surprising is whose jersey is flying off the shelves. Being the top Heisman contender and leading the number one team in the nation, Joe Burrow's number nine jersey is the hottest LSU item."They're looking for
  • Local purple and gold shops cashing in on LSU merch, especially #9 jerseys

    BATON ROUGE - The success of LSU's football team is carrying over to local stores that carry their purple and gold merchandise. With LSU touting an undefeated record after a huge win over Alabama, it's not surprising that fans are racing to get their gear. And even less surprising is whose jersey is flying off the shelves. Being the top Heisman contender and leading the number one team in the nation, Joe Burrow's number nine jersey is the hottest LSU item."They're looking for i
  • Plane makes emergency landing, ends up on top of other aircraft

    SAN ANTONIO - Two small planes ended up on top one another after one was forced to make an emergency landing at a Texas airport Friday.According to WOAI, the crash happened aroud 4 p.m. at the San Antonio International Airport. One of the aircraft involved is said to have come in Friday afternoon from San Jose, California and was forced to make an emergency landing because of a fuel leakage. As the plane made its landing, it struck another aircraft parked on the tarmac. No inj
  • Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution

    HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the scheduled execution of Rodney Reed:  Texas highest criminal appeals court has stopped the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence in his case.  The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals comes just hours after the state’s parole board unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Reed.  The appeals court returne
  • Family told to remove Christmas decorations until closer to holiday

    SAN ANTONIO - A Texas family isn't budging after they were ordered to remove their Christmas decorations.This year, Claudia and Nick Simonis of San Antonio displayed their holiday cheer one day after Halloween. Shortly after, they said, an inspector visited their home bah humbugging to take the festive decorations down.The couple said they received a letter that read, "please remove the snowman until closer to the holiday season.""It doesn't state any dates at all on when to put the decorations
  • Police: Teen who killed 2 in school shooting planned the attack

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Police say the 16-year-old gunman who killed two students and wounded three others at his Los Angeles-area high school planned the attack.  Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday police don't know any details but believe it was planned by the way the boy used the weapon and counted his rounds. The last bullet was fired into his head. He's in critical condition at a hospital.  The attack at Saugus High School in San
  • Teardrop tattoo on deputy's face forces two to resign

    BATON ROUGE – A sheriff’s deputy resigned her position as an internal investigation was getting started surrounding horseplay involving a symbol drawn on the face of another deputy.Kayla Clark quit the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in the last few weeks, the department revealed Friday amid questions about the incident.An internal investigation was set to inquire why the deputy drew a teardrop tattoo on a fellow deputy’s face then sent a text me
  • Trump asks justices for temporary block of House subpoena

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president's records.  Trump filed an emergency appeal with the justices Friday in a case from Washington, D.C., over a subpoena from a House committee for financial records held by Trump's accountants. The request comes a day after he urged the high court to rule that a
  • Illness closes 3 schools in northwest Louisiana district

    MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - Crews are sanitizing three schools in one Louisiana district.  KSLA-TV reports the elementary, middle and high school campuses in Mansfield were shut down Friday due to illnesses. Officials say there have been confirmed flu cases and flulike symptoms among students there.  Cleaning crews began sanitizing the schools Friday.  Classes are expected to resume Monday morning.Permalink| Comments
  • LSU alumni form new group to support Tiger Band

    BATON ROUGE - Former band members have come together to form an alumni group to support LSU's marching band.The minds behind the Four Notes Club: Alumni & Supporters of Tiger Band officially announced the group's formation, in conjuction with the LSU Foundation, at the 38th annual Tigerama event in New Orleans.  According to The Four Notes Club Executive Board President Timothy Rodrigue, the group’s vision is to fund scholarships for members of Tiger Band, includ
  • Sam's Club hosts event for opioid addiction awareness

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The Sam’s Club in Denham Springs is hosting a Drug and Alcohol Awareness event Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The purpose of the event is to raise awareness regarding the harm of opioid addiction and to provide the public with information related to what those affected can do to get help.Local law enforcement and firefighter representatives will be on site and the event will feature jambalaya plates, with proceeds going to funding for local sobriety
  • Ascension deputies looking for suspected thief

    ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 39-year-old Julius Williams.Williams is wanted for six counts unauthorized entry of a place of business, seven counts felony theft, criminal trespassing, and felony theft over $25,000.Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-4636 or text their anonymous tip line at 847411. Permalink| Comments
  • High School Football Scores - Playoffs Week 1

    PREP FOOTBALL  Friday's Scores By The Associated Press  Class 5A  First Round  Acadiana 78, Benton 28  Airline 55, Southside 21  Alexandria 42, West Ouachita 14  Captain Shreve 34, John Ehret 7  Comeaux 42, Slidell 14  Covington 42, Sam Houston 28  Destrehan 48, Ponchatoula 34  East Ascension 20, Terrebonne 6
  • New Orleans businessman, Ray Brandt, dies at 72

    NEW ORLEANS – Well-known New Orleans businessman, Ray Brandt, has passed away at 72.The Advocate reports Brandt was known for building a network of auto dealerships in the area and for spearheading a number of philanthropic endeavors.His family announced on Friday morning, saying, "It is with great sadness that our family says goodbye to Ray Brandt, a man who was loved by many and cherished his family and the friendships he fostered over his well lived life."The family also advised th
  • Browns' Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely after violent, on-field brawl

    CLEVELAND - Defensive end Myles Garrett will not play another snap for the rest of the 2019 season after he ripped off another player's helmet and clubbed him in the head with it. The NFL announced Garrett's suspension along with a host of other disciplinary actions over the all-out brawl that broke out at the tail end of the Thursday night Browns-Steelers game.Garrett's late tackle on Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, with only seconds left on the clock, turned into a struggle after the whis
  • Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington.  Stone was convicted Friday. He was charged in a seven-count indictment that alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe.  His trial highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails hacked email
  • Lyft driver accused of masturbating in front of female rider

    FOLEY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama Lyft driver is accused of masturbating in front of a rider.  Citing a Foley police statement, news outlets report 66-year-old John Robertson, of Gulf Shores, was arrested Wednesday and charged with indecent exposure. The statement says the woman called police Tuesday night and reported that her Lyft driver had apparently masturbated during the ride. She said she got out of the vehicle and saw the driver's genitals were exposed.  
  • FDA warns Dollar Tree to stop carrying potentially unsafe OTC drugs

    CNN reports that the Dollar Tree may be in hot water with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The federal agency issued a warning to the chain of discount stores for carrying over-the-counter drugs produced by foreign manufacturers that have been found to be adulterated. The products in question include acne treatment pads and Assured brand drugs.The letter labeled these products as being placed on “import alert” and detailed “multiple violations”
  • SU police arrest two men accused of robbing people at gunpoint on campus

    BATON ROUGE – Two men are behind bars for allegedly holding people up at gunpoint on Southern University’s campus.Officials with Southern’s Police Department say, Christian Buffin, 19, and Lee Moncress Jackson Jr., 19, joined two other suspects in robbing people at gunpoint in Southern’s Boley Hall. According to a police report, the foursome stole a total of $3500 from their victims.Authorities say they used video surveillance within Boley Hall to identif
  • TSA reminds travelers they'll soon need a 'Real ID-compliant' form to board flights

    BATON ROUGE – In less than one year, airport travelers will need to bring a federally approved, Real ID-compliant form with them to board their flights.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says the new nationwide mandate, which is called ‘the Real ID Act,’ goes into effect Oct. 1, 2020.On Friday, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles joined the TSA and the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport to remind the public that enforcement of the Real ID Act is just
  • LSU students arrested for starting fire in campus parking garage

    BATON ROUGE – Detectives with LSU police arrested two students for allegedly damaging the Union Square Parking Garage with graffiti and, on a separate occasion, starting a fire within the garage.  Detectives arrested 20-year-old Blake Bramley and Cameron Martin and say the two students admitted to graffitiing the walls on the sixth floor of the parking garage on Monday, Nov. 4 and then returning to the area on Thursday, Nov. 7 so they could break into one of its mechanical ro
  • LSU student arrested for starting fire in campus parking garage

    BATON ROUGE – Detectives with LSU police arrested one student and questioned his roommate for allegedly damaging the Union Square Parking Garage with graffiti and, on a separate occasion, starting a fire within the garage.  Detectives arrested 20-year-old Blake Bramley and questioned the second suspect on Thursday. They say the two students admitted to graffitiing the walls on the sixth floor of the parking garage on Monday, Nov. 4 and that Bramley admitted to returning to th
  • Manhunt for Gulfport fugitive ends in Texas

    SPRING, TX -  A Mississippi fugitive who authorities had been searching for was found dead inside of a southeast area Texas apartment.KTRK-TV reports that early Friday morning, several law enforcement agencies pulled together to search for 52-year-old Roderick Bowers of Gulfport Mississippi who was believed to be in the Harmony Park Apartment Complex, located in Spring, Texas.Authorities heard gunshots in one of the units and used a remote robot with a camera to see what was happening
  • Police arrest second suspect in connection with murder of man found shot in North Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department have arrested a second suspect in connection with the murder of a man found shot to death in the front yard of his Fairfields Drive home.Detectives say evidence proves 26-year-old Vernell Vernon Branaugh provided Shawn Byrd with the gun that Byrd used to kill Delveckeo Jackson, the owner of the Fairfields Drive home, on Nov. 1.According to a police report, detectives reviewed footage from a convenience store that both
  • Louisiana gears up for Nov. 16 election

    BATON ROUGE – With Nov. 16's runoff election just around the corner and President Trump's Thursday visit to Bossier City to drum up support for Governor-hopeful Eddie Rispone, large numbers are expected at the polls on Saturday.Citizens looking to cast their votes in the race between Governor John Bel Edwards and businessman Eddie Rispone can find out where they should go to vote by visiting the Secretary of State's website. Click here to be directed to the website and enter
  • Local bakery gives away free cake in honor of National Bundt Cake Day

    BATON ROUGE - A cozy bakery nestled in a strip mall across from Whole Foods becomes a bustling hub of activity at least a couple of times each fall, and this autumn, Friday, Nov. 15 happens to be one of those exceptionally busy days.Kellie Linton, the Operator of Baton Rouge's Nothing Bundt Cakes location, tells WBRZ that two weeks ago, the popular bakery was buzzing with a record number of customers. The reason for the uptick in activity boiled down to three words: free bundt cake.&am
  • Judge explains reasons for offering accused rapist leaner sentence if he paid survivor $150K

    BATON ROUGE - Last week, a judge made headlines for telling a convicted rapist he would consider reducing his 12-year prison term if he paid the survivor $150,000.According to The Advocate, the judge has now filed a document with the court to explain his reasoning.On Nov. 7, Special Judge Bruce Bennett sentenced Sedrick Hills to 12 years behind bars and then surprised the court by making the offer. Bennett says he hoped the offer would empower the woman who’d been attacked, as she was
  • Firefighters battle early morning blaze at Mi Padres on Bluebonnet

    BATON ROUGE – St. George Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out in the kitchen of Mi Padre’s restaurant on Bluebonnet Blvd.Early Friday morning around 12:46 a.m., firefighters responded to the call and arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the restaurant’s roof. Seeing as no owners or occupants were available, the St. George first responders forced their way into the building and found flames in the kitchen area.After wrestling with the blaze for 35 minut
  • Penn cancels womens volleyball season over vulgar posters

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The University of Pennsylvania has canceled the remainder of their women’s volleyball season after discovering what the university calls “offensive” posters in the team’s locker room.  The university announced the decision to cancel the Quakers’ season in a press release on their website Wednesday.  The university says “vulgar” posters were found in team’s lock
  • Two juveniles badly burned in reported grease fire at Addis home

    PORT ALLEN - Two juveniles have been badly burned in an incident at a home in Addis Thursday night.Emergency crews responded around 7:30 p.m. to the 4600 block of Monte Vista Dr. Crews say a 14-year-old and another juvenile were transported to a local hospital.Neighbors tell WBRZ the teens were badly burned by a grease fire.This is a developing story.Permalink| Comments
  • Two juveniles badly burned in grease fire at Addis home

    ADDIS - Two juveniles have been badly burned in a grease fire flash at a home in Addis Thursday night.Emergency crews responded around 7:30 p.m. to the 4600 block of Monte Vista Dr. Crews say a 14-year-old and another child were transported to a local hospital with serious burns.Addis Police and West Baton Rouge Fire are investigating.Permalink| Comments
  • Officials seeking support for new Mississippi River bridge proposal

    BATON ROUGE - A new tv commercial will hit the airwaves this weekend
    advertising the new Mississippi River Bridge project. For now, the commercial will run one day: Saturday, after the election."If it's not the top mega project in the state, the top two or three," State Senator Rick Ward said.Ward is the driving force behind the estimated $1 billon Capital Bridge Project."It's been a long and continuous election cycle, any goal is to simply try to refocus everybody on we do have some things we
  • 11 more endangered whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana

    Eleven young endangered whooping cranes are in southwest Louisiana, being prepared to join 69 adults in the wild.  The juveniles will spend about two weeks in a net-covered pen at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan (GAY-dahn).  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Sara Zimorski said Thursday that they'll be counted as part of the flock once they're released to a bigger uncovered pen, about Nov. 25.  Wh
  • Volunteers make final repairs on veteran's home damaged in 2016 flood

    BATON ROUGE - One Baton Rouge family is beyond grateful after dozens of volunteers came out Thursday to make final repairs on their home that was damaged during the 2016 flood.Ronald Whicker, a 30-year Army National Guard veteran, and his wife Betty, a school teacher in East Baton Rouge, have been through a lot since August 2016. But with the help of two organizations, they're ready to move on and move back into their completed home.Ronald and Betty say they are completely overwhelmed knowing t
  • Volunteers make final repairs on family's home damaged by 2016 flood

    BATON ROUGE - One Baton Rouge family is beyond grateful after dozens of volunteers came out today to make final repairs on their home that was damaged during the 2016 flood.30-year Army National Guard veteran Ronald Whicker, and his wife Betty, a school teacher here in East Baton Rouge, have been through a lot since August 2016. But with the help of two organizations, they're ready to move on and move back into their completed home.Ronald and Betty say they are completely overwhelmed knowing th
  • 3 prison guards indicted on malfeasance after inmate's death

    ANGIE, La. (AP) - Authorities in Louisiana say three prison guards were fired and accused of excessive force and failing to prevent an inmate’s death.  The Advocate reports B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn correction officers Capt. Brink Hillman, Sgt. John Crain and Sgt. Gary King were indicted on felonious malfeasance and obstruction of justice charges.  Termination letters say Hillman ordered a spit mask for 55-year-old Anthony Carl Smith
  • Candidates neck and neck in new poll - Undecided voters increase

    BATON ROUGE – One thing seems to be sure in the last series of polls forecasting who will win the gubernatorial race in Louisiana Saturday: It’ll be a long night of watching and waiting for election results.“This race will go down to the wire,” pollster John Couvillon said in his independent poll released Thursday afternoon by his company JMC Analytics.Incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards lost some support in the most recent poll while businessman Eddie Ri

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